As I was pondering the readings for this upcoming Sunday I was surprised at what kept coming into mind. Believe it or not, the African-American spiritual song from the horrible slavery days kept looming in my mind’s eye. I’m sure that you will remember it when I start with “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrow,” and speaks to the trouble and sorrows that we endure on earth.
This morning, as part of our Seminary class study of the Old Testament, we were discussing Jonah. You remember the story, right? Jonah is called by God as a prophet and commands him to go to Nineveh to preach. Ordinarily this might not be a problem, but Nineveh was one of the seats of the Assyrian Empire.
Private school shares faith with community
For students of Calvary Baptist School, the curriculum includes subjects like math and English, but both in and out of the classroom, sharing their faith with the world is part of the learning experience.
Sadly in this cultural moment the word “Christian” has become largely meaningless.
For most Christians in North America, Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies have long since been eaten, Easter having been celebrated March 27.
During my years of wandering and working various jobs, I learned something about Christian leadership. I was the low man on the job site when one of the upper echelon bosses showed up at the job site and asked, “Tell me what to do; I’m at your service.” I tried to suggest that he should give the orders. He replied, “You’ve been here a few days, and you know the lay of the land.” He actually did what I asked him to do.
Jesus ministered for three years on earth. During Jesus’ ministry, Satan had lost every single confrontation with him. What a losing streak. God’s wisdom called for Christ to defeat death through death.
New Creation Church holds fifth annual Easter Egg celebration, with warm enthusiasm in the cold weather
“This year we condensed it a little bit because of the weather, but we still have temporary tattoos, we have the bunny that’s running around, we have a photo booth and bounce houses, and we have sensory tables and a bubble,” Children's Pastor Amber Goodenow said.
Why did Jesus come into the world and why did he die? Ask that question to anyone on the street and you’ll get answers from “Who’s Jesus?” to “I don’t know; it doesn’t make sense to me” to “Because he got in the way of the Jewish leaders?” Ask a member of a church and most will answer with the usual answer, “He came into the world died on the cross to save me from my sins.” Why did Jesus come into the world?
Craig families won’t have to search too far this weekend for some holiday fun. New Creation Church will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday morning, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and the event in full gear at 11 a.m. at 520 Westridge Road.
Christians recognize Jesus as the true king and Messiah
Palm Sunday. For some this is a significant Sunday. Palm fronds distributed to congregants, especially children, songs with loud praise and “Hosanna” somewhere in the lyrics.
Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way, will host a screening of the faith-based sports film “Woodlawn” at 7 p.m. Friday. The movie is a true story about high school football players fighting segregation in the South in the 1970s, including eventual NFL star Tony Nathan. The church welcomes donations for an upcoming mission trip.
This year in Bear River Young Life we have been going through the Gospel of Luke. Most of the time we teach about who Jesus is — either his humanity or his deity. Yet when preparing to teach from Luke 12, I realized that the chapter doesn’t point to Jesus’ attributes so much as it is his teaching life lessons. This column is taken from a couple of the club talks we had from this part of Luke.
What would you do if you saw someone run toward an oncoming big rig and throw himself (or herself) down on the pavement right in front of the truck? What could you do? Call 911? Cringe? Wave your arms and holler? And we might wonder – “What compelled him/her to do that? What was s/he thinking?” While probably not as obvious or dramatic as throwing ourselves in front of an oncoming big rig, we all have ways to cope when we feel like our lives are out of control. “I’ll feel better after I run… go to the gym… get the house clean…” “Things will be better after I move… get a job… get a better job… all my bills are paid…” From God’s perspective, I think all of the above look like running toward a big rig — we feel compelled to do them even though these activities don’t fix what’s out of our control.
Start small with a one day fast for success
Beginning on Ash Wednesday the season of Lent begins in the Western Church. Although in the first few centuries the fasting aspect of Lent was only a few days long, it became a period of 40 days before Easter where fasting was strictly observed and the penitential aspect of Lent was emphasized by the addition of prayer, almsgiving and self denial, along with reading and meditating upon God’s holy word.